You had a cervical laminectomy to relieve pressure on your spinal cord and the nerves in your neck. Your neck will probably feel stiff or sore. This should improve in the weeks after surgery. You may need pain medicine in the weeks after your surgery.
Your doctor may recommend that you work with a physiotherapist to strengthen the muscles around your neck and spine. You will need to be careful about what activities you do so you don't put too much strain on your neck.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey N. Katz MD, MPH - Rheumatology
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